Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media. Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as quantum mechanics, particle physics, and optics. Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts. Write grant proposals to procure external research funding. Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences. Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work. Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues. Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others. Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, and course materials and methods of instruction. Evaluate and grade students' class work, laboratory work, assignments, and papers. Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records. Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students. Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions. Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues. Select and obtain materials and supplies such as textbooks and laboratory equipment. Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities. Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues. Act as advisers to student organizations. Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.